From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in Nocturnal Animals. UK-based teams at Deluxe's Company 3 and Rushes worked together on to finish this visually stunning feature, with Siggy Ferstl coloring and the Rushes team delivering the opening title sequence and over 400 VFX shots for the film.
Says Ferstl, "The film has these parallel storylines that are intertwined throughout. So it was really important to make sure that the viewer is always oriented to which storyline they're watching and much of that comes through the color palette. Of course, production and costume design and Seamus's cinematography all contribute to that but it was all fine-tuned it in the DI.”
The constantly surprising story opens on Adams' character's real life, which is set in the glossy and modern world of galleries and high fashion. "For this part of the film," he elaborates, "where people are dressed in a very stylish, high fashion way, they all have absolutely perfect hair and makeup. We enhanced that aspect of the look through color using cool blue tones. But a significant portion of the film is inside the world of a book Amy Adams's character is reading. These scenes are set out in the country in Texas. Seamus shot big skies and vistas and amazing cloud formations for these sections. The feeling is of great vastness, gritty and tinged with warmth and golden hues."
Ferstl combined what previously would have been considered "VFX" work into his DI sessions. "Filmmakers expect a really fine brush of color and image manipulation to happen during the DI, where they can see the changes play in context and on a big screen."
Rushes VFX Supervisor Leo Weston led a team of artists who worked on 15 scenes in the film on work including building of CG elements, set extensions and other enhancements. Artists from Rushes also completed the opening title sequence with designer Guy Hancock working closely with Tom Ford to refine an elegant look which complemented the film visuals.
In addition to the creative work done on the film, the Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema team created multiple Digital Cinema Packages to deliver globally.